West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation (WMFRF) and city of Lakewood are ready to take the next step in raising funds to recreate the city’s very first fire station.
Lakewood-Mountair Station No. 1 will be a part of the Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., and will house it’s own exhibits inside, including a history of Lakewood firefighters, with memorabilia on display.
A 1937 fire engine will also be housed in the 2,900-square-foot, two-story building.
The second story of the station will be a teaching area for children, and space for the community to use.
Some of the people who sit on the committees for the project include Mayor Bob Murphy, former mayor Steve Burkholder and Congressman Ed Perlmutter.
“Fundraising is going well so far, and we’ve formalized our fundraising campaign,” said Deanna Hanna, co-chair of the West Metro Fire safety fundraising campaign. “Now we need to get help with the campaign from the public.”
According to Marty Zimmerman, WMFRF staff person on the campaign, said the first phase raised around $100,000, and with that money they were able to hire an architect and get the systems in place to launch this new phase of the campaign.
“So far in August we’ve raised around $50,000, and the total we’re aiming for is $1.5 million for the total project,” Zimmerman said. “$960,000 will go to the building itself, $240,000 for the exhibits and programming and $300,000 will be an endowment to maintain both the building and exhibits.”
Hanna said that around $250,000 of the required $960,000 will be in-kind donations, and that organizers and volunteers are extremely grateful for the help the community has given.
Making the next phase of the campaign a very public one came from the idea that since the museum will be for the public, they should be as engaged as possible. People representing the fundraising efforts will be on hand at several events, like the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and Cider Days.
“This is a part of our history, and children can come and learn here,” Hanna said. “It will be part of a historical perspective that we haven’t really had yet.”
For Zimmerman, he sees building the station bringing three major benefits to the community.
“We don’t really have a tribute to Lakewood firefighters, so this will be a great place for that, it will be an economic development driver and will provide community education,” he said.
For more information on the project, visit www.wmfrf.org.